Lucas Cranach the Elder

Painting Materials, Techniques and Workshop Practice

Gunnar Heydenreich

Lucas Cranach the Elder

Gunnar Heydenreich

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

464 pages | 215 color plates and 64 halftones | 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 | © 2007
Paper $82.50 ISBN: 9789053567456 Published September 2007 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

This study provides the first comprehensive description of the materials, techniques and studio practices of German painter Lucas Cranach the Elder. Gunnar Heydenreich draws on detailed technical examination of Cranach’s paintings, as well as analysis of documentary sources, to explain the characteristic elements of more than three hundred of Cranach’s paintings. In the process, Heydenreich provides unprecedented insight into the material and technical history of Renaissance painting in Germany.

Biography of Lucas Cranach the Elder

I. Cranach’s practice of painting in the judgement of history
II. Panel painting
III. Canvas painting
IV. Painting on other supports
V. Workshop organisation
VI. Summary

    Investigated paintings
    Selected primary documents on materials, techniques and workshop
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"The beaurtifully produced and well-researched content . . . makes this book a major contribution to early modern European art."
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